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2018 Municipal Election

The next municipal election will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018 where eligible voters will be voting for one (1) Mayor and six (6) Councillors to serve on municipal Council for the next four years.  Voting will take place at Municipal Hall, Dutch Lake Community Centre, 209 Dutch Lake Road on:

General Voting Day:  Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Dutch Lake Community Centre

Key Election Dates

Voters


Voting in a municipal election is an important part of the democratic process. Elected Officials make many decisions that affect you, your family and your neighbours every day. Your vote counts!

FAQ – Resident Electors

Who is eligible to vote as a resident elector?

To vote in the 2018 General Local Election as a resident elector, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • you are age 18 or older on the day you vote.
  • you are a Canadian citizen.
  • you have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote.
    • April 9, 2018 or earlier if you vote in advance on October 10th
    • April 19, 2018 or earlier if you vote on general voting day October 20th
  • you have been a resident of the District of Clearwater for at least 30 days immediately before the day you vote.
    • September 9, 2018 or earlier if you vote in advance on October 10th
    • September 19, 2018 or earlier if you vote on general voting day October 20th
  • you are not disqualified by law from voting.
  • you must be registered to vote.
What does “resident” mean?

Section 52 of the Local Government Act contains rules for determining residence:

  1. The following rules apply to determine the area in which a person is a resident:
    • a person is a resident of the area where the person lives and to which, whenever absent, the person intends to return;
    • a person may be the resident of only one area at a time for the purposes of this Part;
    • a person does not change the area in which the person is a resident until the person has a new area in which the person is a resident;
    • a person does not cease being a resident of an area by leaving the area for temporary purposes only.
  2. As an exception to subsection (1), if a person establishes for the purposes of attending an educational institution a new area in which the person is a resident that is away from the usual area in which the person is a resident, the person may choose for the purposes of this Part either the usual area or the new area as the area in which the person is a resident.
How do resident electors register to vote?

You can only register at the time of voting by completing an application form. You will be asked to provide two pieces of identification that prove who you are and where you live. One of them must have your signature on it.

If the two pieces of identification do not provide proof of residence, you may make a solemn declaration as to your place of residence.

What are acceptable documents for voter registration?

Acceptable documents for providing proof of identity and residence are as follows:

  • BC Driver’s Licence
  • BC Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • BC Services Card
  • ICBC Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence
  • BC Care Card or BC Gold CareCard
  • Ministry of Social Development & Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance (Form SDES8)
  • Social Insurance Card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Property tax notice
  • Credit card or debit card
  • Utility bill (electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services)
  • Birth certificate
  • Canadian passport
Who is disqualified from voting?

You may not vote in a British Columbia local government election if you:

  • have been convicted of an indictable offence and are in custody;
  • are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric or other institution because you were acquitted of, or found not criminally responsible for, an offence under the Criminal Code on account of mental disorder ; or
  • have been found guilty of an election offence.

FAQ – Non-Resident Property Electors

Who is eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector?

If you own property in the District of Clearwater and live elsewhere in BC, you may be eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector.

To vote in the 2018 General Local Election as a non-resident property elector, you must meet ALL of the following requirements:

  • you are not entitled to register as a resident elector.
  • you have not registered as a non-resident property elector in relation to any other property in the District of Clearwater.
  • you are age 18 or older on the day you vote.
  • you are a Canadian citizen.
  • you have been a resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote.
    • April 9, 2018 or earlier if you vote in advance on October 10th
    • April 19, 2018 or earlier if you vote on general voting day October 20th
  • you have been a registered owner of property in the District of Clearwater for at least 30 days immediately before the day you vote.
    • September 9, 2018 or earlier if you vote in advance on October 10th
    • September 19, 2018 or earlier if you vote on general voting day October 20th
  • the only persons who are registered owners of the property are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or other trust.
  • if there is more than one registered owner on title, you have received the written consent of a majority of the other owners, authorizing you to be registered as the non-resident property elector.
  • you are not disqualified by law from voting.
  • you must be registered to vote.
What does “registered owner of property” mean?

This means whichever of the following is applicable:

  1. the owner of a registered estate in fee simple of the property, unless another person holds an interest in the property referred to in paragraphs (b) to (d);
  2. the holder of the last registered agreement for sale, unless another person holds an interest in the property referred to in paragraph (c) or (d);
  3. the tenant for life under a registered life interest in the property, unless another person holds an interest in the property referred to in paragraph (d);
  4. the holder of a registered lease of the property for a term of at least 99 years.
What if the property is registered in my company’s name?

You are not eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if the property is registered in your company’s name. You are also not eligible to vote if you are holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust.

What if I own property with other people?

If there is more than one property owner on title, only one may register as the non-resident property elector. The person registering must have the written consent of that number of owners who, together with the person registering, are a majority (if there are two persons on title, both must sign; if there are four persons on title, at least three must sign). In this instance, a Consent of Registered Owners for Non-Resident Property Elector Registration form must be submitted before registration can take place.

What if I own property with someone else, and that person is living on the property?

The person living on the property may qualify as a resident elector because he or she is a resident of Clearwater. As a non-resident property owner, you are also eligible to vote as the property’s non-resident property elector, but you will still need the written consent of the other owner.

What if I own more than one piece of property?

You may only vote as a non-resident property elector in relation to one piece of property in any jurisdiction. In other words, even if you own two pieces of property in the District of Clearwater, you may only vote once.

How do non-resident property owners register?

You can only register at the time of voting by completing an application form. You will be asked to provide two pieces of identification that prove who you are and where you live. One of them must have your signature on it.

You will also need to prove that you are entitled to register in relation to the property by providing a copy of proof of ownership. If there is more than one registered owner on title, you will also need to submit a Consent of Registered Owners for Non-Resident Property Elector Registration form.

What are acceptable documents for voter registration?

Acceptable documents for providing proof of identity and residence are:

  • BC Driver’s Licence
  • BC Identification Card issued by the Motor Vehicle Branch
  • BC Services Card
  • ICBC Owner’s Certificate of Insurance and Vehicle Licence
  • BC Care Card or BC Gold CareCard
  • Ministry of Social Development & Economic Security Request for Continued Assistance (Form SDES8)
  • Social Insurance card
  • Citizenship Card
  • Property tax notice
  • Credit card or debit card
  • Utility bill (electricity, natural gas, water, telephone or cable services)
  • Birth certificate
  • Canadian passport

Acceptable documents for providing proof of ownership are:

  • property tax notice
  • assessment notice
  • certificate of title
What does disqualified from voting mean?

You may not vote in a British Columbia local government election if you:

  • have been convicted of an indictable offence and are in custody;
  • are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric or other institution because you were acquitted of, or found not criminally responsible for, an offence under the Criminal Code on account of mental disorder; or
  • have been found guilty of an election offence.

Candidates


Get information about candidates running for District of Clearwater Council.  Click on the list of candidates below for more information.

Blackwell, Merlin John – Mayor
Merlin has served two terms on Council, owns a successful contract business that has operated parts of Wells Gray Park for 30 years.

Previous job skills include: Restaurant Manager, Broadcast Writer, Magazine Writer, Cat Herder. Diploma in Radio Broadcasting from BCIT. Has lived in Clearwater since 2003.

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Kreke, Jon Steven – Mayor
I grew up on Vancouver Island, went to Cowichan Senior Secondary. My wife Chris and I own the Dutch Lake Resort, which we have been running for the last 29 years.

Our three daughters grew up in Clearwater and enjoyed the activities available here. I was on the Clearwater District Council from 2011 until 2014.

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Banford, Barry James – Councillor
I have lived and worked in our community since 1998 and had the privilege to serve on your council the last 7 years.

I have gained a good understanding of how local government works and feel consistency on council is critical in moving our community forward. I promise to bring your issues to council because I am here to represent you. I read everything that comes before council and always evaluate the risks and look for solutions which benefit all members of our community. I feel we need to continue to bring new business to Clearwater to diversify our tax base and strive for strong financial responsibility.

I am asking for your support so I can continue to serve our community.

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Borneman, Travis – Councillor
Having recently moved to Clearwater, my family and I (2 boys aged 4 and 13 and my wife Rowan) decided to move here after experiencing firsthand how great a community Clearwater is growing into and that it would be a wonderful place to raise our family.

A man of action I have dedicated 3 decades to working with adults and children of all ages in the City of Maple Ridge where I owned and operated a successful personal development facility who’s main goal was to help create tomorrow’s leaders today and in doing so we regularly hosted Anti Bullying, personal safety and fitness seminars as well as creating a team of positive role models to participate in local events, demonstrations and fundraisers.

As a person that prefers to lead by example in my free time I was devoted to the successful development of the community serving as chairman of communications, for the RCMP Citizens Bike Patrol, conducting regular patrols of the downtown core and instructing constables, businesses and their employees on personal health and safety.

I am dedicated to becoming an active leader in our community, one with vision and experience determined to help Clearwater become a thriving community.

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Cooper, Brent – Councillor
I am a sociologist who recently moved from Vancouver to Clearwater to work from home, settle down, and enjoy our province’s natural beauty. The longer I’m here the more I fall in love with Clearwater, and I’m ready to deepen this relationship by being a councillor. Since being here I have gotten involved in softball, hockey, yoga, music, hiking, and attending several council meetings. I am ready to listen to the needs of the people of Clearwater and enrich the community. My greatest concerns are to protect the park, advance cannabis legalization, create affordable housing, and streamline economic development.

As a new resident and younger person running for council, I bring fresh a perspective and vitality to the work and the issues. I have worked for the federal government before on renewable energy, but this will be my first time serving in politics. I have a strong education background, with a Bachelor’s degree from UBC in International Relations, and a Master’s in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics. I currently work online with a group of thinkers on global problems, and this expertise will inform my approach on local issues.

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Ellis, Will – Councillor
Will is 49 happily married, father, has lived in Clearwater for 39 years. He enjoys living in the valley and all it has to offer. He has watched this community grow, shrink and grow again. If elected, he hopes to help the people in this community.

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Frizzle, Lynne – Councillor
I have lived in Clearwater most of my life and raised two children here.

I have worked in several different public sectors including the municipal office for several years, so have a strong understanding of how local government works.

Currently I work with the Wells Gray Country Seniors Society as their Seniors Coordinator organizing events and activities for seniors.

I also volunteer as a Director and Secretary of the North Thompson Communities Foundation. This local organization awards grants to organization throughout the North Thompson Valley from the interest from donated funds.

As a long-time resident of Clearwater I would like to be part of Clearwater’s continuing growth, working towards affordable housing, economic and recreational development and ensuring that seniors needs are part of council’s decision making process.

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Haring, Bill – Councillor
Bill Haring has long standing family roots in the North Thompson Valley. After being a regular summer visitor to Clearwater for 31 years, he has enjoyed being a resident since 2015.

Bill has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and has experience in Emergency Management, International Project Management and policy development. Bill is a local Paramedic, proud father, avid hiker and paddling enthusiast.

As a Councillor, Bill hopes to support a healthy, active community where our seniors can receive the best possible service – and where economic and recreational opportunities will continue to draw young families and professionals to Clearwater.

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Kollin, Raymond Gustav Roy – Councillor
Both my wife Verna and I are retired. We are members of the Wells Grey Seniors’ Society. We also volunteer with our church. I at one time was employed as a journalist and have frequently volunteered as communications advisor. That has also helped me to develop considerable knowledge for working with various levels of civic or provincial administrations.

If elected, I would be privileged to serve as a Councillor for the District of Clearwater.

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Mackenzie, Lyle – Councillor
I am a 38-year old hardworking family man with a family name that reaches beyond 100 years in the North Thompson Valley. I have lived my whole life in this valley with 30 of these years spent establishing my roots in Clearwater, a place I have no intentions on leaving.

I have a beautiful wife and two beautiful daughters ages 5 and 3, and I care deeply about what the future of this community holds for them, and the generations to come. To shortlist my education credentials, I am a high school graduate of C.S.S. with a trade ticket in the welding field.

Since 2011, I have been employed in Clearwater by CN Rail, with the last 5 years being spent as the heavy maintenance foreman and the last 7 years being the Occupational Health and Safety rep from Blue River to Kamloops for the engineering department.

In conclusion, I bring to the table a young open mind with fresh ideas and the ability to actively listen to all views brought forth to help make positive, informed, constructive decisions within our community.

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McNeill, Keith Bruce – Councillor
Originally from North Vancouver, I have lived in Clearwater and area for about 35 years. During most of my time here I was employed at the Clearwater Times newspaper. I retired as editor in May of this year. While I was editor the Times won first place twice for best all-round newspaper in Canada in its circulation class and won the equivalent award for BC and the Yukon three times.

Community Service:

  • President of the Woodside Apartments strata council for the past 10 years.
  • Member of the committee that helped develop Wells Gray Community Forest
  • Member of the society that worked to establish Wells Gray Education and Research Center in Upper Clearwater
  • Member of Clearwater Search and Rescue (today Wells Gray Search and Rescue) for 15 years
  • Other volunteer positions held include director of Clearwater Ski Club and member of Canadian Ski Patrol

Work Experience Highlights:

  • Adult education instructor for prisoners at the former Bear Creek Correctional Center
  • First aid attendant with Firewest Forest Management
  • Technical advisor, IDRC oyster culture project, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Education:

  • B.Sc. In Biology, Notre Dame University of Nelson, British Columbia

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Sim, Shelley – Councillor

Shelley Sim is currently serving her second term as a Councillor for the District of Clearwater. She has lived in Clearwater for the past 26 years. Along with her husband Wayne, they have raised three children and are committed to the North Thompson Valley. Shelley is cited as a skilled business manager and is an enthusiastic champion of community engagement projects and initiatives. Her extensive experience in tourism, community development and event management provide an articulate voice at the Council table. She has a strong community vision that sees Clearwater continuing to grow, thrive and flourish.

Community Service and Committee Work:

  • Chair of Education Committee, SD73
  • Chair of Rural Internet and Connectivity Community
  • Executive Member, Finance Committee, SD73
  • President, Southern Interior Local Government Association
  • Executive Member BC Rural Physicians Community Awards Committee
  • Executive Member, BC Liberal Interior Regions
  • Executive Member, Alliance for Regional Rural Health (IH Region)
  • President Southern Interior Local Government Association
    • Past President, Kamloops North Thompson Liberal Executive
    • Past President Clearwater Ski Club
  • Past Chair, Economic Development, Clearwater, BC
  • Past Chair, Parks and Recreation, Clearwater, BC
  • Past Vice President Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce

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Taylor, Lucy – Councillor
Lucy Taylor will bring a fresh perspective and strong community commitment to Council. With over 20 years experience in the Financial Sector, Lucy understands the importance of fiscal responsibility and the need to make decisions that will deliver long-term value to the community. Lucy, along with her husband and two children, moved to the area in 2015 and in that time she has served as a Director on the Raft River Elementary School PAC and the Wells Gray Riders Association. She also volunteered for ESS during the 2017 wildfire evacuations and at the Clearwater Ski hill.

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Election Guides & Other Resources


Here you will find guides and other educational materials for candidates, voters, third party sponsors and elector organizations.

Candidate’s Guide to Local Elections in B.C. 2018
Elector Organization Endorsement Package
Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC for Elector Organizations and their Financial Agents
Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC for Candidates and their Financial Agents
Declaration of Election by Voting